Deception Pass Sail and Power Squadron is offering an introductory boating class where attendees can earn the required Washington State Boater Education Card.

Registration is now open for America’s Boating Course, a two-day boating skills and certification course, to be offered virtually on Saturday, January 16 and 23, 2021 by the Deception Pass Sail and Power Squadron.  Successful completion of the course, conducted over the two Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. , will qualify individuals for the Washington State Boater Education Card now required for most boaters.

According to squadron commander Pat Waters, this is the most comprehensive introductory boating course available, and will give novice boaters the skills needed to enjoy their time on the water and boat with confidence. 

You’ll learn about boating laws and regulations as well as boat registration and licensing. Get in-depth knowledge of boating safety equipment, and learn how to become a safe boater by learning the do’s and don’ts of boater safety,” Waters said.  The class also includes free on-the-water training, but that will be dependent on COVID restrictions.

The boater safety class not only meets Washington’s state requirements but can reduce the risk of accidents and injuries, and may save money on boat insurance. The classroom is virtual, and those registered will be sent information to sign in via Zoom, an easy-to-use video conferencing platform. The boating course includes a comprehensive introduction to boating, covering boat types, boat engines, boat selection, and more.

The cost to register is $40. For a spouse or partner sharing the course materials, it will cost an additional $20. For more information or to sign up for the course, contact Steve Pye at or (360) 299-2244.  Registration deadline is January 5, 2021.

The Deception Pass Sail and Power Squadron (DPSPS) is a 44-year-old nonprofit organization. It is a member of the United States Power Squadrons, the world’s largest boating education organization. DPSPS has over 75 members from Whidbey and Fidalgo islands.